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Psalm 25

In Bill Clinton’s first term as president, he cited Psalm 25 as particularly important to him (along with Psalms 27, 90, 103, and 139). There are two distinctive components to Psalm 25: Reference to indiscretions of youth and the theme of feeling shame, a word mentioned four times. This Psalm of forgiveness references the incident of The Golden Calf (Exodus 32-34), with 15 salient words in common. The echo of the communal experience of forgiveness offers hope to the Psalter. This is the first acrostic Psalm, with eight to follow. The A-Z format excludes two Hebrew letters, leaving additional questions as to why.